Discover why senior dogs rule when you fall in love with Gandalf

Some older dogs seem to understand how to be zen about life. This wee Yorkshire Terrier rolls with all that life puts in front of him. His positive influence rubs off on you right away. I found myself visibly relaxing when he first walked over to me in the doggy loft.

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Meet Gandalf! This adorable Yorkie is sweet, loving, and social. He enjoys going for walks, meeting new dogs, and actually enjoys a warm bath! Gandalf came to us when his owners moved and could not keep him.

He is still adjusting to his new surroundings, but we know Gandalf will warm right up to a new family. This sweet guy will be very grateful to have a new home!

Gandalf is 10 years young, weighing 12 pounds.

Fall in love with Gandalf at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco.

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Having an older dog can benefit senior people in many ways

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After the year I've spent volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and experiencing the amazing personalities of small older dogs for the first time, I know what my future is going to include.

If my bones are shaky, we'll walk slow. Whether on my lap, or next to me on the couch, we can gossip and debate whenever the mood strikes. We can be each other's alarm clock, and reminder to get up. I might even call my little senior dog Siri.

Yes, like Sarah Lilly, my future self plans to grow old and cranky with a little dog always by my side:

Sarah Lilly, who just turned 90, and her 12-year-old Lhasa apso-poodle mix, Katy, have been inseparable for nearly two years. They wake up by 7 each morning, eat breakfast, take a walk and spend much of the day lavishly doting on the other. When in their favorite recliner, for example, Lilly strokes Katy’s soft, tan, loosely curled fur, and the cuddly 12-pound dog expresses her appreciation with wet kisses.

“She’s such a blessing,” said Lilly, adding that before Katy came into her life she had become a homebody after being scared by several falls. Now, she takes Katy for at least two walks a day and to visit a neighbor caring for his ailing mother.

Read all the ways older pets can improve your health, or your parents health, in this wonderful story about Sarah from Ohio and The Dispatch

I bet now you understand why I believe senior dogs rule.

 

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Discover why senior dogs rule when you meet Beyoncé

She could become the queen of your heart soon after you meet this sweet chihuahua! 

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Beyonce is an adorable, spunky, friendly girl who can’t wait to meet you! This sweet girl will make a loyal companion- all she wants is love!

Beyonce is always wagging her tail, loves walks, and is perfect with dogs of all sizes- truly a superstar just like her name suggests!

Beyonce is an fabulous gal who is patiently waiting for her forever home!

Beyonce is 10 years young and weighs 12 pounds.

Meet lovely Beyonce at Muttville on Rescue Row in San Francisco, you'll fall in love!

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More life lessons from dogs. This time forgiveness.

Volunteering at a senior dog rescue has exposed me to all sorts of dogs arriving for different reasons. Some dogs are strays, others have the misfortune of having their person pass away unexpectedly. Everyone agrees that all the dogs are loved no matter where they come from, or why they are with us at this advanced age.

Something that gets people to dance around is the subject of dogs who get surrendered by a family. I've heard people take absolute positions on this. They feel that if you decide to have a dog then you better keep that dog no matter what. These people have little empathy or compassion for anyone giving up a dog.

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I have a more nuanced response thanks to dogs like Otis.

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